Wisconsin's Lake Delton gets a very expensive dye job

Categories: Weird Wisconsin
Lake Delton.jpg
Photo courtesy of Kay Mackesey.
Ahhh, natural beauty. Lake Delton sparkles with 500 gallons of "AquaBlue."
Lake Delton, one of Wisconsin's best-known lakes, got a serious dye job a couple weeks ago when the town of the same name spent $29,108 in taxpayer dollars to change the lake's color from murky green to sparkling blue, according to the State Journal.

Lake Delton has famously been the site of the Tommy Bartlett water-ski show for 60 years.

A company called Aquatic Engineering of La Crosse used 500 gallons of dye to "inject" the 267-acre lake with the tint, called "AquaBlue."

"The village requested we color the lake a pleasing blue, so that it replaces a scummy green," Josh Britton of Aquatic Engineering told the State Journal. He added that the dye is not harmful.

According to Britton, the lake will stay blue anywhere from 13 to 30 days.

Was it worth the approximately $30,000? Not everyone thinks so.

The River Alliance of Wisconsin criticized the decision on its blog The River Rat, titling the post "Delton's Dubious Dye Dump" and referring to the dye as "damned expensive lipstick on the proverbial pig."

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Jessica Phillips
Jessica Phillips

damage or not that is a complete waste of money, holy fuck.

Ray Minneapolis
Ray Minneapolis

Say it was 2 bucks a gallon for "dye". At 500 gallons that still only a thousand bucks. Who are the scam artists that got paid here? LIST THEIR NAMES?

tangylemonz
tangylemonz

Shame on them. That money could have made a big difference at a local school or shelter. Dying a lake blue for a short 30 days is a complete waste of tax payers money. Even if it had been for longer it still wouldn't have been the right place to spend tax money.

Tishawna Thomas
Tishawna Thomas

wtf... 13 days??!?! seriously? if I were a WI tapayer, I'd be furious!

Lisha Ginn
Lisha Ginn

Really??? What a waste! LMAO.... some people, I swear!

Tasha Ozga
Tasha Ozga

No way is this good for the environment :(

ludwitr
ludwitr

This is idiotic.  Why not fix the cause of the growing algae instead?  Who the hell are the decision makers here?  For the love of god a magic 8ball could do a better job governing.

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